Best Practice in Security of Payment Laws Has Been Defined
“At noon last Friday, instead of receiving nearly $76,000 from a major client, we were given – two minutes before it (the client) closed before the...
Myths and Facts about NCC Performance Solutions
When Lend Lease built what was then the world’s tallest timber building at the Forte apartment complex in Melbourne’s Docklands in 2012, the company had some...
Planning Applications Require Too Many Specialist Reports
Back in the old days, a development application, particularly for a single house, was a matter of submitting drawings and a description of the materials and...
An Update on Directions to Fix or Rectify Building Work
Plenty has been written both in Victoria and elsewhere as to the issue of defective cladding on the externals of buildings.
Australia Needs Tougher Home Energy Efficiency Standards
Since the last upgrade to residential energy efficiency requirements of the National Construction Code (NCC) in 2010, power bills have soared and technologies and design options...
Which Approach to Non-Complying Products is Best?
Since the Grenfell tragedy in London and the Lacrosse apartment debacle in Melbourne, politicians of all stripes have been under pressure to act on combustible cladding...
Wynne’s Game of Russian Roulette: Playing With People’s Lives
A recent ruling by the Supreme Court should send shockwaves throughout the Victorian community.
Prosecutable Offences Under the Victorian Building Act 1993
There is a litany of ways by which a property owner or building practitioner can run afoul of the penalty provisions of the Building Act 1993.
Australia Needs Mandatory Registration for Engineers
When construction of Melbourne’s iconic West Gate Bridge across the Yarra River commenced in 1968, it was to be the then Bolte state government’s crowning glory.
New Depreciation Legislation for Australian Property Investors
In one of the most dramatic changes to property depreciation legislation in more than 15 years, Parliament has passed the Treasury Laws Amendment (Housing Tax Integrity)...